with Alex Jay
Alex Jay tells us how she balances her busy lifestyle as a model with One.1 Management and a nutrition expert at Juice Press, all while connecting with people through her new blog, GLOW.
Alex Jay tells us how she balances her busy lifestyle as a model with One.1 Management and a nutrition expert at Juice Press, all while connecting with people through her new blog, GLOW by Alex Jay.
Her dedication to her work puts an enthusiastic spin on living a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life!
BWB: How do you combine your careers at Juice Press, as a model and health coach?
Modeling came first to me, I started in L.A., mecca of health and fitness, so naturally I gravitated to a very outdoor, healthy lifestyle.
I started working at Juliano’s in Santa Monica and became immersed in the raw food lifestyle. Customers would start asking me about what I was eating and drinking, and for advice in their own life for health and beauty.
At that point I decided to go study nutrition at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). It worked out perfect because a large portion of it is online, so I spent the year in Europe modeling and studying. I would go to every health food store and look up anything similar to a L.A. juice bar in whichever country I was in. Naturally, I started cooking and explaining to the girls in the model apartments a healthy way to eat without worrying about calories, and emphasizing its about the quality of the food and what you are eating. When, I came back from Europe, I visited the Juice Press on 10th street and Ave. A in N.Y. I was so impressed that I knew I wanted to work for this company. At this point I was working with clients on 6 month programs and modeling in the city. I pursued working at Juice Press and my role has grown in the past 2 years as the Director of Corporate sales and in-house Nutrition Expert. Surprisingly, all three of my careers work nicely together. I am able to support and work with so many people through Juice Press, I go to corporations and talk to whole offices about eating healthy and keeping out processed foods. And in between those I am either in a store talking with customers or jumping to and from castings. It is the best when I am at job and models or the team are drinking or eating Juice Press. However, with that being said, my days are jam-packed between Juice Press and modeling. I work 6-7 days a week; but because I am so passionate about both, it never feels like work.
BWB: Tell us more about your work as a health coach. Do you mostly work with models?
As a health coach my programs vary per person and their needs. It can be very hands-on, where we speak everyday and I take them grocery shopping, and I go to their home and help them make meals. Or with some people we meet only twice a month and we work together on specific goals and changes they want and need in their life. What people forget is being healthy goes beyond what you eat so we work on mental and physical balance. I work a lot with models and how to stay healthy and fit. A lot of girls are requested to lose weight and tone up, so we find a way that works for them and is a realistic lifestyle choice. The best part is when you experience your client feeling the change and they want to continue being healthy. When I moved to New York I began to work with more of a finance/ corporate clientele, which I love because this is so new to them, and they see and feel even the slightest difference by just adding more water in their diet or swapping out that afternoon coffee for a green juice.
BWB: Could you share your Beauty and Wellness routine with our readers?
First, sleep, I am big on sleep. I try to get 8 hours every night. Meditating is a major and crucial part of my routine. I feel and look much more rested and vibrant when I do my two daily meditations. I make sure to get plenty of antioxidant rich fruit and rich/leafy green vegetables. I make a custom smoothie at Juice Press which I call my skin detox smoothie: açai, blueberry, banana, fresh greens, maca, e3 live, cinnamon, dates, almond milk, and coconut water. I drink plenty of water. I love the aloe water at Juice Press, aloe is super hydrating for your skin. You can also make it at home by buying distilled aloe and adding it to your filtered water.
BWB: What are your 5 go-to products?
My go-to products are mostly from the body deli, I am obsessed with this line. It is an all-organic, raw skin care line and they ship to you fresh in glass bottles from Palm Springs, CA. My favorites are their melon foaming cleanser, bamboo polishing powder, the solar day cream, hydra mist spray, and firming flax eye cream. Now that its super cold out I started using this new lotion I am loving by Live Live, called Bee Yummy skin food. It has great ingredients: organic and raw honey, bee pollen, propolis, st. johns wort oil, and royal jelly. I also like to buy a raw, live and fresh aloe leaf and cut it open and use the gel on my skin!
BWB: What is the perfect makeup for the day time?
I like it super light with a basic mascara, and now that its winter the Tarte bronzer, and I use a lip balm from The Body Deli.
BWB: A place of choice in NYC, LA or London for: a healthy lunch / a dinner with friends
Obviously, Juice Press. It’s a huge part of my diet and its great because I’ll have friends come meet me at work for a juice. I love HU, Ellary’s Greens and Wild in the West Village. When I am in LA my first stop with my friends is always Café Gratitude in Venice. And on the weekend I love to go to Inn of the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.
BWB: Any future projects that you can share with us?
In the last few months many people have been encouraging me to really develop a blog. Customers and friends always ask me “what should I do if I am breaking out or I need to loose weight, what should I eat?” So I am really excited; I launched the blog “GLOW by Alex Jay”. Its still in the beginning stages, but the response I am getting is great so its very encouraging to keep it going.